Title: Life, Love and Lemons
Author: Magan Vernon
Release Date: August 20th 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.
Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.
Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it’s crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.
Life, Love and Lemons is everything a Young Adult Contemporary Romance should be; sweet, a little angsty and clean. True, there are some kissing scenes but the characters are 17 so I think this is to be expected!
When we meet Bentley her life is changing and she has to adapt to public school, working a part-time job, worrying about her father and living in a small apartment. I think that Bentley’s initial reluctance could be interpreted as snobbishness though, but I liked her resilience and attitude.
Magan Vernon chooses to start a friendship between Bentley and Kai and though at first this is uncomfortable, it is also the catalyst Bentley needs to begin her journey of self-discovery. We welcome Kai’s teasing, innocent flirting and sense of fun and the lack of physical chemistry is made up for by their actions and acceptance of one another.
One of the main issues I had with the story is that Magan Vernon tries to tackle too many issues. In Life, Love and Lemons there is first love, family breakdowns, sexuality, drugs and friendship drama. For me, very few of these was explored fully and I was left with questions.
Overall, Life, Love and Lemons is an enjoyable and charming story which is perfectly aimed at its young adult readers!